10 top picks from the Belfast Photo Festival
The Belfast Photo Festival has kicked off and we have 10 top picks exclusively for Belfast Times from the team behind the festival!
Belfast Photo Festival runs for the month of June and this year it is exploring the increasingly topical themes of sexuality and gender and how they relate to the perception and expression of identity social constructs.
Here are the Festival picks:
VOGUE – FROM THE PICTURE EDITOR’S SEAT
Saturday, June 17, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Vogue Picture Editor Mike Trow will join Belfast Photo Festival at the Ulster Museum to discuss how some of the fashion magazine’s most iconic images were created.
Vogue’s imagery is much more than just fashion photography. Trow is responsible for commissioning, production and art direction of most of the portraits, reportage and house shoots for Vogue. He also shoots some portraits for the magazine himself.
Mike Trow has worked at Vogue for 12 years, having cut his teeth for two decades as Photo Editor, Photographer and Features Writer for cutting edge press – from Bizarre magazine (a hard-hitting counter culture title), to Jack magazine with the legendary James Brown.
ARTIST TALK: JUNO CALYPSO
Golden Thread Gallery
Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm
In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of herself in private, Juno began a series of self-portraits in which she staged herself as a fictional character named Joyce.
Without knowing how to explain what she was doing at the time, she used her grandmothers’ houses, or rented bedrooms online, and took pictures of herself while the hosts were asleep. Once alone she used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.
In this talk Juno will discuss her photographic practice and staged self-portraits, where she enacts solitary moments of preparation and anticipation with her alter ego.
FASHION – BLURRED LINES, A MATTER OF ATTITUDE
Sunday, June 4, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Accompanying the world-exclusive exhibition, curator Diana Edkins will be speaking about the evolution of fashion photography and culture from the studio into the streets.
Diana was previously Curator at Conde Nast Publications where she created the photographic archive and has since held positions suchas Director of Exhibitions at The Aperture Foundation (New York).
DAZED AND CONFUSED
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Monday, June 26, 2017
This exhibition explores the role of fashion and photography in shaping gender identities.
The images have been taken from the archives of the world’s leading independent fashion and culture magazine, Dazed & Confused.
Based in London and founded in 1991, the images track over 25 years of the magazine’s fearless fashion, art and ideas.
ABANDONED NI – A NEW FACULTY LECTURE
Nelson Memorial Church BT13 1FD
Sunday, June 11, 2017
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Come along as Abandoned NI takes you inside two newly documented abandoned properties rich with local historical interest. Learn the history within the walls of these rejected buildings that you won’t have seen inside before. See and talk about the editing and technical processes along with an interactive competition on the day. For photography fans and lovers of all things abandoned this is not to be missed!
BELFAST’S MOST FASHIONABLE
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm
Are you one of Belfast’s most fashionable people? We are teaming up with Victoria Square to photograph their shoppers with enviable street #VSQStyle!
Photographed by one of Northern Ireland’s hottest photographers, your street style has the chance to be part of the Belfast Photo Festival both as part of the display at Victoria Square and online.
ZINE WORKSHOP WITH UNSEEN
Belfast Exposed- 17 Donegall St, BT1 1XY
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
In partnership with Unseen Photo Fair, we are pleased to present a three-day workshop where participants learn how to make their own zine with a story and project of their choice.
Working with other people’s imagery as well as your own, you will learn to take a more daring and experimental approach to really make your zine unique.
TENX9 – SNAPSHOT
The Black Box
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Tenx9 is a storytelling event in which nine people have 10 minutes to recount the autobiographical narrative behind the images that they present. Participants will focus on both what is seen and what is unseen; the context of the images ranging from humour to poignancy. This is a free, un-ticketed and hugely popular event. Please arrive early to secure a place and avoid disappointment.
St. Anne’s Square
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Friday, June 30, 2017
A sense of global character unites this series of three exhibitions – a rich seam of people, places, and objects that come together to speak to timely, universal themes of loss and longing; class and kinship. These exhibitions have been curated through an international open submission process, with artists selected from the following 13 countries: Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, UK and USA.
Belfast Photo Festival invited judges from Magnum, The New York Times, MoMA, British Journal of Photography, Foam, MACK, Invisible Photographer Asia and Belfast Exposed to select this year’s successful entrants.
UNSEEN DUMMY AWARD
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Tue – Sun, 12:00 – 18:00
This is a collaboration between Unseen and Lecturis designed to showcase the work of exceptional artists from around the world; giving them a chance to publish their photo-books. The fifth edition of the Unseen Dummy Award will once again give the winning maker(s) an entry into the international photo-book industry.
For more information on this year’s festival, visit www.belfastphotofestival.com and keep up to date on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.